TV Club: An emotional Love makes islands of Gus and Mickey
Famous last words from Gus Cruikshank: “In the grand scheme of things, that’s not that long.” But in the grand scheme of Love, which has moved assiduously through the courtship of Gus and Mickey, 24 days is an eternity. At the end of an extremely rough patch for the central couple, “Liberty Down” rapidly accelerates the show’s metabolism. A month without alcohol earns Mickey a chip; there might not be a badge of honor waiting for her at the end of three-and-a-half weeks without Gus.
On traditional television, “Liberty Down” might be packaged as the first half of a two-parter with episode 11, “The Long D.” It’s hard to know what to make of the former without the latter, but I think the title cards and the focus on Mickey and Gus’ opposite trajectories are enough to make “Liberty Down” its own thing. It’s …